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Even though school’s out for the summer months, the district was still bustling with activity thanks to Harborfields Community Educational Foundation’s (HACEF) Summer Camp program. This camp, that just wrapped up for the season, offered four-day camp options for elementary and middle school students throughout the summer. Each week offered a plethora of themed programs — from Harry Potter Camp to Wood Crafting to Summertime Science — and this year’s enrollment boasted 850 students, a number that surpassed last year’s previously record-breaking 680.
Most programs were taught by Harborfields teachers and offered fun ways for children to pursue subjects or hobbies that they gravitate to or are curious about. The STEM centered camps — like Coding, Robotics, and Intro to Video Production — were some of the most popular of the summer and provide students with hands-on learning in a different setting.
“In these camps, students learn skills that they will carry with them,” said HACEF Camp creator and coordinator Karin Fey. “And we hope that something they learn here will help ignite the pursuit of a lifetime passion.”
During the last Board of Education Meeting of the 2017-18 school year,
members of the school community were recognized for their hard work and
dedication to excellence. Faculty, staff, and community members who went
above and beyond this year were recognized, as well as those who were
retiring, and moving into a new season of life.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni welcomed all in
attendance, and remarked on the special nature of the night, for both
award winners and retirees.
“This night is unique in that it marks the beginning of a new chapter
for some, but also recognizes the passion and dedication that’s been put
into our school system every day,” said Dr. Ianni, “and it gives us an
opportunity to reflect on what we’ve gone through—to really step back
and realize the importance of all we’ve contributed.”
Principals and central administrators congratulated each retiree
individually, recalling special moments throughout their career, and
commended them for all of their hard work.
The retirees are as follows:
Carol Abrams, Oldfield Middle; Valerie Brosnan, District Office; Janice
Cammer, Oldfield Middle; Susan Curasi, Oldfield Middle; Ellen Gilles,
District; Stuart Horowitz, Harborfields High School and Oldfield Middle;
Ilene Kalmar, Washington Drive; Paul Keys, Harborfields High School;
Dale Lerner, District; Aspasia Mally, Harborfields High School; Judith
Russell, Harborfields High School; Kathleen Santomauro, Washington
Drive, and Richard Stanfield, Washington Drive.
Local members of the school community were also recognized by the Board
for going above and beyond to make the Harborfields School District a
“These are all special people who give their best every day to make
Harborfields the way it is,” said Assistant Superintendent for
Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning, “and they deserve
to be recognized for all they do.”
The following were recognized: Tim Russo, Administrator; Joseph Maiello,
Teacher; Jennifer Washington, Teacher; Lynda Abner, Support Staff;
Frank Mondelli, Custodial Staff; Karin Fey, Community Member; Eric
Gerde, Community Member; Kelly Walker, Community Member.
Additionally, Executive Director for Instructional Services Jordan Cox
was recognized for having been selected by Wester Suffolk BOCES Model
Schools program as the 2018 Administrator of the year, and teachers
Augie Rettino and Jennifer Washington were recognized for being selected
by Wester Suffolk BOCES Model Schools for creating a “Books Club for
the 21st Century”, and earning a grant for the school.
At the end of May, the Harborfields High School chapter of the Tri-M
Music Honor Society held its annual recital at Harborfields Public
Library. Attendees were treated to more than an hour's worth of
performances from students and staff members, highlighting the varied
talents of the organization's membership.
"It's always special to showcase our students through performance and
celebrate the end of another music-filled year," noted Tri-M Advisor